Thanksgiving time signals the end of the harvest season at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Native Seed Farm. Seeds gathered there support habitat restoration projects across all of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. With this seed, habitat restoration is easier and more cost-efficient -- benefiting the land, the wildlife and your enjoyment of local open space.
The best part is, it’s easy for you to help support this critical part of ongoing habitat health. Conservancy staff lead public volunteer activities at the farm on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. So, during Thanksgiving week, you have two opportunities to say “thanks” to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Volunteers at the Native Seed Farm next week will help collect seeds from California goldenrod (Solidago californica), Palmer’s goldenbush (Ericameria palmerii), California mugwhort (Artemisia douglasiana) and wild tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus).
The 12.5-acre farm grows 43 different native plant species. The volunteer activity varies by season, following the growth cycle of native plants. After the current harvest season, winter will bring planting of seeds and seedlings on the farm. By utilizing seed from the Native Seed Farm and volunteers from the community, the Conservancy’s partners (such as OC Parks, City of Irvine, City of Newport Beach and others) are able to efficiently and cost-effectively restore sensitive habitats, ensuring the lands are sustained for future generations.
To participate in an upcoming Native Seed Farm volunteer activity, click here for a list of scheduled programs. All activities require pre-registration, to help staff adequately prepare tools and materials. No previous experience necessary, and the activities are open to participants age 8 and up. Minors must participate with a registered parent or guardian.